Apr 7, 2022

It’s “Curtains” for Easter

Posted By: Terri
Category: Sew Happy

Just in time for Easter, I finished whipping up a dress that has an interesting story behind it…

The Scarlett Story

My Mother was an avid sewer and made  all of our outfits as children. At the time, I had no idea how beautiful the outfits she made were.

Outfits made by my Mother *She made my coat in deep blue with a white collar & button accents.

All I knew was that every year before school started, my girlfriends on the block were taken to Sears & JC Penny’s to get new school clothes. While we (my sisters and I) had all out clothes made by our Mother. You remember being a child and wanting to fit in like everyone else?! I longed for outfits from the department stores. In hindsight, I realize and appreciate now, how beautiful and fashion forward my Mother dressed us. Her creations fit beautifully and were so much more stylish than any outfit from any department store.  Ohhh, what we don’t realize as children. Today I have come to appreciate my Mother for instilling a love of fashion, fit and sewing.

In 2020 one week before the start of the Pandemic, I  flew home to clean out and stage my parents home for sale.  My Mother passed in 2019 and my Father in 2018. As I sorted through the years of their belongings, I came across many of my Mother’s patterns and leftover fabric. I couldn’t bring myself to donate either so I boxed every pattern and fabric piece up and flew them back to LA.

Fast forward to a week ago when I was longing for a new Easter dress. to wear. I will admit to having a closet full of clothes but needed ? something new to wear??! Never mind that I we haven’t been able to dress up for Easter for 2 solid years due to the Pandemic and my dresses have been collecting dust in the closet…STILL I wanted something new.  Does this sound remotely familiar?

So, I looked into my fabric inventory and took out this pretty pastel floral print that was from Mom’s fabric stash.  What did Mom use this fabric for-I wondered? Then it came to me. This was the fabric that Mom made the kitchen  window valances for over the sink. So basically this is a dress made from fabric selected for  drapes/curtains-and that is how this dress became my Scarlett dress. It is homage to my Mother and to her love of sewing and also to Scarlett who in the movie Gone with the Wind- had a dress made from drapes.



Dress is fully lined/ added side pockets and rick rack around the neckline. Zipper sewn in by hand.

Anddddd I already had a handbag that matched.

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